3 Readers Ask about Death and Dying

Death is a subject we’d rather not think or talk about. But how can we ignore it when it jumps out at us every day from the TV we watch and newspapers we read? So, it’s not surprising that three of our readers have written in about their concerns about death and asked for my comments. Perhaps my replies to …

23 Tips on Aging 

Do you suffer from gerontophobia, which is the fear of old people, old age, and growing old? Judging by the number of books dealing with life after 50, or even 40, it appears that many people have difficulty dealing with aging. Since I’m 77 I have the right to ask, “What’s all the fuss about?” Part of the problem, it seems …

Old Age: Facts, Fiction, and Foresight

Finally, a subject I’m qualified to write about: Old Age! Not that I feel old at age 76, but every time I bump into friends that I haven’t seen for a while, they remark how well and serene I look. Those comments remind me of what mourners say about the dearly departed at a funeral: “My, doesn’t (s)he look good? …

Growing Old Is Wonderful if You Remember to Stay Young while Doing so

I was inspired by a comment of Francis Bacon (1561~1626) who wrote, “Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.” Since I am an old author, perhaps I am best to read. Whether I am or not, I’m going to write anyway. And the subject might as well be old …

To think of and prepare for death is not surrender, but victory over fear

If you are like most, you may be a bit squeamish when it comes to the subject of death. Most likely, it is something you would rather not think about. However, blocking the thought of death from one’s mind is a mistake. Those who choose to suppress thoughts of death can never realize their full potential. For it is only …

It is never too late to be what you might have been

Some people my age (62) believe it is too late to follow their dream. You don’t have to be 62 to believe it is too late. In fact, I was only 26 when I felt that way. You see, a friend asked me to join him in going to the university. But Im too old. I said. Everyone GRADUATES when …

The advantage of being old is that I can sing while I brush my teeth

Do you suffer from gerontophobia, which is the fear of old people, old age, and growing old? Judging by the number of books dealing with life after 50, or even 40, it appears that many people have difficulty dealing with aging. Since I’m 65, I have the right to ask, “What’s all the fuss about?” Part of the problem, it …

Help me, I’m growing old!

Leo writes, “Chuck, I was reading a book last night that said, ‘In every old person is a young person wondering what happened.’ Soon, I’ll be 47 years old, which to me is like being two years older than God. As a quasi-atheist, when I look into the abyss, I become very angry. Yet, having a total and complete lack …